Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Shop Where Oscar Hopefuls Go for Costumes


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Angels Costume, on the outskirts of London, has outfitted 36 Academy Award winners over the years.

Foreign-Film Nominees Unite to Denounce ‘Rise of Fanaticism’


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In a joint letter, the five directors say that whoever wins, the Oscar will be dedicated to activists and others “who uphold freedom of expression.”

In the Face of A.L.S., Simon Fitzmaurice Finds His Fire Inside


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The Irish director’s new film, “My Name Is Emily,” was made as he struggled with a deadly disease.

Review: ‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ an Oscar Nominee With Depth and Soul


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This animated tale of an orphan, freighted with the name Icare, or Icarus, is more charming than grim.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: ‘Dying Laughing,’ About Bombing Onstage, or, Conversely, Killing


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Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton’s documentary talks to comedians about the rigors of the road and other stresses of their profession.

The Posters of ‘La La Land’


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From classic jazz to golden-age Hollywood, the film’s posters offer a stylish visual tease. Here’s a look at some of them.

Where Oscar Best Picture Nominees Are Liked Most


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Nine films are nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday. In what parts of the country was each contender the most popular?

When Hannibal Lecter and Jack Palance Made the Oscars Fun


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25 years ago, the Academy Awards telecast was genuinely entertaining. No, really. Let Jodie Foster explain.

Review: ‘Bitter Harvest’ Offers a Clunky Lesson in Ukrainian History


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Prettily filmed yet parochial, this film follows two lovers through a mass starvation in the early 1930s.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Guard the Sheep? He’d Rather Be a ‘Rock Dog’


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An animated movie for children is elevated by a fine vocal performance from Eddie Izzard.

Review: In ‘Get Out,’ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Bad Idea!)


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This movie by Jordan Peele, his first as a director of feature films, is a skillful hybrid, blending genres into something terrifying.

And the Oscar Winners Will Be ...


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The Carpetbagger has spent months reporting on the awards season. Here, she predicts the winners.

Oscars 2017: Test Your Knowledge


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You may not be sending John Glenn into space like the heroines of the best picture nominee “Hidden Figures,” but you’ve got some other important calculations to do: solve our annual Oscars quiz.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Art of the Oscars Long-Shot


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Studios push all manner of films and performances for Academy Awards, but many don’t gin up much interest.

Seijun Suzuki, Director Who Inspired Tarantino and Jarmusch, Dies at 93


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The filmmaker’s low-budget movies used surrealist humor and experimentation; he’s perhaps best known for “Branded to Kill,” a 1967 gangster story.

Who Will Win Best Song at the Oscars? Popularity Helps


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YouTube views and animated musical films may up the odds, as the numbers behind the musical numbers show.

More Women Were Protagonists in 2016 Movies


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In a year when Jyn Erso powered “Rogue One” to No. 1, a study finds a rise in major female characters. But minority women faced a tougher road.

Monday, February 20, 2017

‘Moonlight’ and ‘Arrival’ Win Top Honors at Writers Guild Awards


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The last of the major industry prizes before the Oscars were doled out on Sunday, in ceremonies that included political jabs at President Trump.

Richard Schickel, Critic and Filmmaker, Dies at 84


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Mr. Schickel reviewed films for Life magazine and wrote 37 books about the movies.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

‘The Great Wall’ Topples at North American Box Office


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The Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group had high hopes for “Wall,” a big-budget action film that aimed to conquer North American audiences.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: An Anti-Semite Learns of His Jewish Roots in ‘Keep Quiet’


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This documents how the career of the far-right Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi was upended when he found out about his lineage.

How Trailers for Oscar Nominees Make Their Cases


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Best-picture campaigns begin before the movies do, in trailers that try to convince audiences and academy voters that the films deserve attention.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: ‘Everybody Loves Somebody,’ a Rom-Com With Bite


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A messed-up heroine is asked to choose between naughty and nice in Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s sophomore feature, which is predictable but satisfying.